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Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts • 2009




AUGUST 2009 Aspire is published annually by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend, for our alumni, students, friends, faculty, and staff. Dean Marvin V. Curtis, Ed.D. Editor-in-Chief Michele Morgan-Dufour Managing Editor Moira Dyczko designERS Tiffany Goehring Melissa Wise Writers Mike Gonzales Crystal Hill Lisa McKale Ron Monsma Michael Snyder Copy Editors Kathy Borlik Tamea Rector Production Assistants Blanqui Martini Trisha Miller Jeremy Williams PRODUCTION NOTES Paper Unisource Porcelain Ultra Silk 70 lb text. NOTE: Unisource is a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified vendor and supplies paper from renewable sources. PRINTING Four color printing with Silk Aqueous Coating. Typography Bleeding Cowboys Regular, Cricket Regular (p.4, by artist Amy Conger,, Eurostile Regular, Times New Yorker Regular, Trade Gothic Regular, Light, Oblique, and Bold No. 2, and Vtks Revolt Regular digital Photography Matt Cashore, pp. 1, and 7-9 FRONT COVER Gaia, glass by Dora Natella // associate professor of fine art Copyright 2009 Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, IU South Bend


life-casting in hydrocal by Gretchen Siebert // student

Welcome to Our Inaugural Edition of Aspire The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend is pleased to celebrate with you the inaugural edition of our arts magazine, Aspire. Inside you will find news about the 2008-09 academic year, articles on productions and exhibitions, and information about new programs. I do hope that you will find it informative and exciting. Our theme for 2008-09 was “It’s a New Day.” The year was filled with new and wonderful happenings. Our enrollment was the highest ever. We updated our facility with a new floor for the dance studio, an expanded piano lab, equipment for the theatre design lab, and new furniture for the Campus Auditorium lobby. We presented a new concert called “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” with strong community support. More than 8,500 children came to our theater to see the production Not Just a Boy: A Story from Lincoln’s Youth and our first musical in more than a decade, Godspell, was a huge success. Our Bachelor of Music Education degree has been approved by the State Department of Education and will be implemented this fall. Faculty members have secured more than $78,000 in grants, including our first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Euclid Quartet. There have been published articles, books, faculty performances and exhibitions, all of the highest quality. Our faculty continues to inspire our students to aspire to new heights in their careers. As the new dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, I invite you to campus to see what we are doing. I also ask that you keep us informed of your activities so that we may share them with other graduates of our school. We also encourage you to contribute to the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts with your gifts. Scholarship dollars are the best way to help many of our students realize their goals. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, I welcome you to Aspire. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the many events we offer. It is my sincere hope that you will continue to support our school and our students as they aspire to be great artists, musicians, actors, dancers, and communicators. Sincerely,

Marvin V. Curtis // Dean, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts

Experience Exceptional Artistry

Euclid Quartet

Euclid Quartet

IU South Bend’s String Quartet in Residence

Welcoming new cellist Si-Yan Darren Li to the ensemble Performing eight Beethoven String Quartets to complete the cycle 5 pm Sunday, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 22

Arch, fabricated steel rods by Albert LaVergne // Nubian Girl, acrylic on canvas by James C. Palmore

detail of The Adoration of the Magi, oil and gold on wood by Hieronymus Bosch

Images of Processes Exhibition

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Opening Reception 4-6 pm Thursday, Oct.1 Gallery Talk 6 pm Thursday, Oct.1

Family entertainment for the Christmas season inspired by The Adoration of the Magi, tells the tale of a young boy who meets three Kings on their way to greet the Christ child.

Sculptor Albert LaVergne and Painter James C. Palmore Thursday, Oct. 1 - Friday, Oct. 23

Gallery Hours: noon-5 pm Tuesday-Friday 11 am-3 pm Saturday

A one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti

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Arts Foundation Board Valerie Sabo, President Joyce Stifel, Vice President Frederick B. Ettl, Secretary Joe Mancini, Treasurer Linda Bancroft Lou Behre Roger Dooley, Past President June H. Edwards Leslie Gitlin Judith Ferrara Graham Anne Hillman Marlene Hunt Carol Kapson Chris Kelly David Kibbe Larry Lentych Alice Martin Sara Miller Carmi Murphy Ernestine M. Raclin Randy Rampola

Honorary Members Robert W. Demaree Jr. Janet Thompson


BFA Thesis, digital by William R. Palmer // student

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears ... Oh My The Future of Newspapers


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Lift Every Voice


New Media Degree for the 21st Century

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Revival of the Musical with Godspell

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Student Receives Commission


Alumni, Students, and Faculty

Lexo on Tour Where in the World is Lexo Music Across the Atlantic

new media theatre & dance Theatre Celebrates Lincoln’s Birthday

visual arts Interview with Jason Cytacki


lions, tigers, and bears … oh my By Lisa McKale

Service Learning Takes a New Approach Within the Local Community A typical classroom has four walls, colors appalling to the eye, and some leaky windows if you are lucky. Chairs creak as students squirm in their seats to stay awake. Some days the minutes on the clock cannot go fast enough. In contrast, for a group of public relations students the confines of their classroom included a tiger, a chimpanzee, and nobody can forget the giant anteater. Talk about being thrown into the lion’s den. Each spring semester, students in Public Relations Research and Planning work directly with a not-forprofit organization in the South Bend community. This approach, commonly known as service learning, is a teaching and learning strategy that


integrates meaningful community service with instruction. By solving real problems and addressing real needs, students learn to apply classroom learning to a real world context. “PR is not a hypothetical, case study driven industry,” argues Alec Hosterman, senior lecturer in communication arts and the creator of these projects. “When students graduate, employers want to see their ability to communicate in many ways and adapt to their surroundings.” In the spring of 2008, students worked with the Potawatomi Zoo. “After seeing a report that the zoo needed more than a million dollars to improve their facilities, I thought it would be advantageous

“I was impressed by how methodically the students worked. They asked many questions in order to have a broad understanding of the community needs, our programs, our past marketing successes and failures, and our goals.”

Public relations student Trent Miles states, “This project was the class. From the first day you step in the door to the final class period, you will eat, sleep, and breathe this project. This project is real life without the paycheck.” Student-led groups were responsible for researching and constructing their own fundraising event. Proposals were then “pitched” directly to Marcy Dean, the zoological society director at the Potawatomi Zoo. The zoo has taken these proposals to heart, with the hope of implementing several in coming months. By the spring of 2009, times were changing with the local economy. Organizations that rely on government funding experienced a substantial loss of revenue. One hard hit organization was the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County (YSB), experiencing a loss of more than $167,000 in city and county financial support. The YSB provides a safety net to youth in crisis. More than 20,000 children and families a year utilize their services. Unfortunately, as the need for services increases, fundraising is simply more challenging than in the past. According to Karin Fisher, development director of YSB, “We recently canceled our Grand Prix go-kart race … it is a huge blow to us as we budgeted to raise $20,000. It was our biggest fundraiser.” Fisher continues, “I believe the current economy is largely responsible. Most of the race teams are manufacturing, construction, or automobile-related. We lost more than half the teams and large sponsors that participated the

Hosterman quickly reached out to this organization. Fisher recognized that one-onone contact throughout the semester with students resulted in feasible and comprehensive projects. “I was impressed by how methodically the students worked. They asked many questions in order to have a broad understanding of the community needs, our programs, our past marketing successes and failures, and our goals.” The students pitched their ideas not only to the agency, but also key opinion leaders from the Chamber of Commerce. Two fundraising events and an image revamp of the organization were proposed. Students agree that these experiences were unlike a typical assignment. Kayla Ernsberger, a student who worked with YSB, claims, “It differed from classroom assignments because we were in the real world, connecting with people who run businesses and have an impact on the community.” Adds Ernsberger, “You cannot learn those networking skills within a textbook.” This approach to learning is hardly a glamorous job, involving long hours, late nights, and no pay. However, to these students, being thrown into the lion’s den never felt so rewarding. “It helped me work out the nervousness I may have had right out of college with my first big client. I am more confident now,” states Smith. Ernsberger adds, “I can take this binder, full of ideas, budgets, timelines, contacts and even invitations I have designed and just hand it to a potential employer and say, this is just the beginning of what I am capable of.”

The structure of these projects is what makes this experience unique. Groups are run as an public relations agency. Each student is assigned to a role found in an actual public relations firm. For example, account managers, writers, graphic designers are several key roles.

previous year.” Fisher stresses, “The additional support is critical to our ability to provide vital services to our community’s most vulnerable members.”

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for my upper level PR class to use them as a client for the semester,” said Hosterman.


Newspapers The Future of

Orage Quarles III

By Mike Gonzales

Newspaper publisher Orage Quarles III looks out the window, studying the St. Joseph River. “We’re trying to get to the other side of the river,” Quarles said finally, referring to the country’s beleaguered newspapers. “Some won’t make it,” he continued. “Some will. For those who make it, the other side will be very rewarding.”

Quarles is a man of many accomplishments. In 1993, he was named publisher of The Herald in South Carolina, making him the first African American publisher of a daily newspaper in the South. Selected as Editor & Publisher’s Publisher of the Year in 2002, he is president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. On March 25, 2009, Quarles spoke about the future of newspapers at the IUSB Forum.

Why some papers have failed “The law of the land,” Quarles said, “is that the strong survive.” Some newspapers have gone out of business in this economy. According to Quarles, there is one simple reason. “Those papers failed because they were in markets where there were much stronger papers,” he explained. He pointed out that the newspaper was so strong 30 or 40 years ago because there was no Internet, no FM radio, and there were only three television channels. The newspaper was where people went to get their news. Now, newspapers have to compete with other news outlets for readers, including cable news channels and satellite radio. The Internet offers ondemand news. As one student pointed out during the question and answer portion of the forum, some newspapers have been talking about going all digital and eliminating the paper product. The difficulty with this approach, Quarles said, is that the advertising revenue isn’t online, it’s in print. For every dollar spent in print advertising, 20 cents buys the same amount online. “We need national advertising dollars to bring in big revenue,” he said. “That’s the problem.”


Newspapers are being faced with more and more challenges in trying to survive in the world of news. However, Quarles believes that the newspaper will survive.

Why some papers will succeed Five years ago, a prison inmate sent a letter to The News & Observer. In this particular inmate’s instance, he claimed his innocence and an investigative reporter looked into the case. The man had been on death row for nine years, convicted of murder. The reporter worked with forensic scientists, and together they found that the man was indeed innocent. For the first time in North Carolina history, a retrial was held, and the young man was not convicted. He got justice. “That’s what it’s all about,” said Quarles. People need the newspaper for a variety of reasons. For the freed prisoner, it was to help him find justice. For other people, the need is simply to get the news. “Journalists have a special calling,” explained Quarles. They are protected by the United States Constitution, which gives them that ability to dig for the information that people wouldn’t be able to find out otherwise. “When we can’t find out what’s going on,” Quarles said, “democracy is in trouble.”

The future of newspapers The main message that Quarles sent during the forum at IU South Bend and his ultimate belief about newspapers is this: they aren’t going to go extinct. There will always be a market for the newspaper, whether it is a daily, weekly, or even monthly product. Once the economy recovers, he believes that the business will expand again and return to what it once was, or even something better. “Maybe I’m naïve,” said Quarles, “but people are going to want that print product.”

Lift Every

Voice By Moira Dyczko

This year marked the first for a new annual event at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. “Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of the African American Spirit” was a concert designed to celebrate Black History Month. On Saturday, February 21, 2009, Dean Marvin Curtis presented the first concert in what he intends to become a tradition. The concert featured the South Bend Symphonic Choir, University Chorus and Gospel Ensemble from IU South Bend along with six African American guest artists. The program included music by European and African American composers, comparing the varied styles seen in both musical traditions. The guest artists opened the concert with music by European composers such as Bach and Tchaikovsky along with African American composers Bob Cole and William Grant Still. After intermission the combined chorus presented a collection of classical, gospel, and spiritual works. The program concluded with a moving rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” written by brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson more than 100 years ago. The anthem, which celebrates strength, encouragement, and hope, remains popular in African American homes, churches, and schools today. “The Symphonic Choir and University Chorus captured the flavor of African American music in their presentations,”

said Dean Marvin Curtis. “I was struck by the number of African Americans who attended the concert. Not only were they pleased, but many told me that it was great to hear the spiritual selections – many that they had not heard in years.” While the guest artists were on campus, they talked about their careers with IU South Bend music students. “For our students, it was a chance to meet artists with stellar careers and hear firsthand what it took to reach their goals,” Curtis said. In the future, Curtis hopes to add educational components to compliment the performance. Members of the community and K-12 students will be invited to attend an open rehearsal and talk with the musicians to learn the history of the music. He also looks forward to including other performing and visual arts in the Black History Month concert. The free concert was sponsored by the ArtsEverywhere Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Lexus of Mishawaka, WVPE, WUBU, Trios Restaurant and Jazz Club, and the IU South Bend Diversity Committee. Next year’s concert will be Saturday, February 27, 2010.

Guest Performers Meisha Adderley, Piano held a residency in 2002 as a Rotary Ambassador Scholar at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Stacey Holliday, accompanist received first prize in the 2006 University of South Carolina Piano Concerto Competition. James E. Laws Jr., baritone performed in the East Room of the White House in 1999 for the White House Staff Christmas Party. Antonio Rincón, violin made his solo television debut at age 15. He performs on a French violin made by Francois Barzoni, a gift from singer Julio Iglesias. Tia Roper, flute presented her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2005 as a grand-prize winner of the prestigious Artists International Debut Recital Award. Frank Ward Jr., bass made his European debut singing the role of Don Bartolo in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in Rome, Italy, with Opera Estate.


join lexo on tour at Lincoln Center By Moira Dyczko

In March 2010, Alexander Toradze will perform at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Toradze will present Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Jurowski. In the spirit of education and exploration the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is planning a weekend trip to New York for students, alumni, and friends to attend the concert. New York City offers limitless opportunities to experience the arts, and we intend to make the most of our time in the “Big Apple.” The trip will include a schedule of activities for each of the school’s disciplines. For example, theatre students may tour the Fashion Institute of Technology and backstage at the Met, while music students visit the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and visual arts students enjoy the Guggenheim or Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Lincoln Center alone features more than 20 performing arts venues including Avery Fischer Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and Alice Tully Hall. Resident organizations include the New York Philharmonic, School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan


Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and The Julliard School, among others. For more information on this exceptional performing arts campus visit The concert will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 3 pm in Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. Along with the Ravel Concerto, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will present Symphony No. 4 in C minor by Dimitri Shostakovich. The tour departs on Thursday, March 3, and returns to South Bend on Monday, March 8. Please contact Signal Travel and Tours for additional information, 1-800-535-1070.

Where in the World is Lexo? By Crystal Hill

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts has been well represented in the music world lately, thanks to a performance tour by the Martin Endowed Professor in Piano, Alexander Toradze. Last fall, Toradze performed across Europe, with concerts in Sweden, Greece, the Czech Republic, France, England, Portugal, Germany, and Italy. Toradze, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, is lauded around the world as a masterful virtuoso, with The New York Times noting his “bursts of focused energy and silver-edged timbre.” His energetic playing style, once considered unconventional, has firmly established him as a virtuoso of the instrument and one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Rachmaninoff piano literature. Dean Marvin Curtis joined Toradze in October for a performance of Rachmaninoff ’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic. “With the 4,000 seat hall filled to capacity, he performed like a Trojan,” Curtis said. “Toradze received four ovations at that performance. It was quite an extraordinary experience,” Curtis said, “watching one of my colleagues performing with a world-class orchestra.” In his review of the performance, Barry Millington of the London Evening Standard wrote, “His performance of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the LPO last night injected new life into what too often sounds like a knackered warhorse.” For his performances in Strasbourg and Lisbon, “Lexo,” as he is known, was joined by members of the Toradze Piano Studio, which he established after arriving at IU South Bend in 1991. Upon beginning the piano studio, Toradze invited talented pianists from around the world to train in South Bend. He wanted his students to have the opportunity to perform and compete internationally. But being located in a smaller community has helped Toradze create the kind of atmosphere he wanted for his students. “The studio members are always very friendly and extremely helpful to each other,” Toradze says. “By having an international community within the studio, it was my hope that my students would get exposure to the different cultures. I’m not too shy to say we’ve achieved our goals.” Today, the studio is very highly regarded, performing concerts across the globe. The studio’s recognition did not come automatically. “It took many years of presenting interesting programming,” Toradze says. “It didn’t happen right away.” Toradze often tours with studio pianists, all of whom are current students or alumni of IU South Bend. “Toradze brings a national flavor to our campus,” said Dean Curtis. “Because of him, members of the studio come from around the world. It’s rare for schools to have a person of this caliber on staff.” The Toradze Piano Studio performs regularly at the IU South Bend Campus Auditorium.


Music Across the

atlantic By Mike Gonzales

On an ordinary day, a stroll through the fine arts studios reveals artists absorbed in their work. Across campus in Northside Hall music spills into the hallways as musicians rehearse. During two weeks in February, select student composers and visual artists left the confines of their studios and collaborated to create a blending of visual art and new music as part of “Music Across the Atlantic 2009,” an international exchange fostering new music. “Music Across the Atlantic 2009” was the second half of an exchange begun in Spain in 2007 when IU South Bend Professors Jorge Muñiz and Robert Kolt visited the Conservatorio Superior de Asturias in Spain to present a series of lectures and workshops. In February, Professors Miguel Fernandez and Fernando López of Spain visited IU South Bend for a series of new music concerts, lectures, panels, and workshops. Six students (three visual artists and three composers) took part in a multidisciplinary workshop combining visual art and music composition. Muñiz enlisted composers Jeremy Whetstone, Ethan Kampa, and Anthony Cotto for the workshop along with Gretchen Siebert, a sculptor who also draws, and printmakers Tiffany Gilbert, and Bradley Thornburg. The students worked in pairs, and the visual artists provided their composer partners with two works of art. Together they discussed the sound each piece of


At the crossroads of nothing and exactly Where the perception of the eyes, Meets the inventions of the mind I find where beauty hides. – Bradley Thornburg // artist

art embodied. The medium for creating the music was electronic, which was something new for all three composers.

At the crossroads Siebert presented Whetstone with two figure drawings. She told him they sounded like underwater sounds, cave sounds, and the heartbeat of the earth. As she described it, they sounded like nature’s womb. With that, Whetstone worked to record how the drawings sounded, initially using sounds recorded in a metal shop. He worked alone to compose the music, striving to create the sounds of the drawings. “We weren’t allowed to hear what they (the composers) came up with until the show,” said Siebert. Gilbert already had her artwork picked out for Kampa to work with. “I chose the two most colorful works I’ve done because color and music relate to each other in ways that other elements of design and composition do not,” said Gilbert. Kampa took the prints and tried to envision their sounds. “It’s very challenging to think outside of my own head,” he said. “Before this project, I did not realize the importance of the relationship between sound and visual objects,” said Gilbert. “Music that is made for a work of art animates the image, gives it some kind of movement and life. It doesn’t change the story the artwork tells, it just enhances it.”

Thornburg and Cotto, the last pair, had discussions about how to interpret the visual ideas of the artwork into music with “brighter shades accompanied by higher tones and the way the smoothness of the lines, shading and other textural ideas could be represented by music,” said Cotto.

Beauty revealed Once the visual/musical projects were complete, the works were displayed on the fifth floor of the Schurz Library. It was the first time that the visual artists heard what their musical partners had composed. “It really happened,” Siebert said. “The music Jeremy came up with really sounded like what my drawings looked like.” Muñiz and the students all agree that the collaboration was a success, and they came out of this more dynamic composers and artists. “I would like to see more collaborations,” said Muñiz. “This is just the beginning.” Shortly after Music Across the Atlantic, visual artist Bradley Thornburg passed away. The art world lost a talented and inspiring young man. February 4, 1989 – March 15, 2009. A memorial scholarship has been established in his name.

By Crystal Hill Several years in the making, the newly-created Bachelor of Fine Arts in new media program at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts prepares students for jobs in the fast-paced multimedia field. New media incorporates digital technology with traditional communication methods to create a dynamic and constantly evolving hybrid. New media practitioners incorporate computer technology into graphic design, sound production, and video production. “It’s interactivity that really defines new media,” said Professor Michael Lasater, area coordinator of new media. “We marry up aspects of visual art and sound to build interactive objects like Web sites or DVD-ROMs.” Lasater is careful to emphasize the vital role that digital technology plays in the new media creation process. “The work is produced using a computer,” he said. “It has to do with final products that are only expressed through computers or computer-like devices, like DVD players or cell phones.” The new media program divides its emphasis between theory and technical skills. According to Karen Ackoff, professor in new media and program director of graphic design, students must be able to navigate current technology and quickly adapt to new innovations. “We try to teach a balance of theory and technical skills,” said Ackoff. “The hands-on experience helps reinforce that digital technology is always evolving. So we do not just show students which keys to push. We demonstrate and involve students in troubleshooting digital issues so they are equipped to solve problems that they may encounter in the professional world.”

One significant reason people choose to study new media is its versatile application in the job market. A substantial number of traditional career paths, such as instruction or mass media, incorporate digital technology. According to Lasater, new media professionals are ideal candidates to work in these evolving fields. “People can get jobs where they’ve always gotten jobs, except there are new opportunities within these organizations,” he said. Ackoff agrees and notes that the graphic design area of new media allows professionals a great deal of opportunity and flexibility. “It’s flexible in two regards,” she said. “One – a student could work either as a staff designer or a freelance designer. Two – in regard to areas within design, students could go in several directions; developing work for print, Web, multimedia or a combination of these.” The new media degree begins with a solid grounding in 2D graphic design, video and motion media, basic interactive multimedia and Web design, and music/ audio production. Students also select one of three concentrations in music/audio, graphic design, or motion media to focus and fine tune their skills. Lasater is excited about the fledgling program and feels confident that it is a timely and valuable addition to the academic offerings of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. “For right now, I think we’re in the right place,” said Lasater. “The new media degree is a solid mix of relevant skills that are extremely valuable in today’s workforce.”

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Postcard Design digital Kristen Doversberger // alumna

60 Second Murder Mystery digital: stills from video Leah Schroder // alumna

Daisies photograph Rebecca Ewing // student

LEFT Balancing Cloud alabaster stone carving Georgia Swanson // student RIGHT Pisa photograph Rob White // alumnus

Jacob Denning Camera on Ledge ??

// gallery LEFT Typography as Music digital Ambar De Luna // student RIGHT Self Portrait graphite Kelly Sandural // student

LEFT Fool Without a Care from series “Steampunk Arcana” hand drawn/digital Chad Rajski // student RIGHT Looking My Way digital Katy Wright // student

TOP LEFT “Nets that Catch Nothing” (Paul Celan) painting Harold Zisla // faculty emeritus

TOP RIGHT BFA Thesis; still from animation digital Amy Watson // student

IUSB Theatre Company Revives the Musical with Godspell By Michele Morgan-Dufour

The April production of Godspell marked a welcome return for musical theatre to the IU South Bend stage. A longtime audience favorite, Godspell offered unique challenges and opportunities for theatre students, both onstage and off. The Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical is based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (the title, Godspell, is itself an archaic form of the word “gospel”). Its use of modern pop and rock musical forms, coupled with unconventional costuming, made it a groundbreaking production when it premiered off-Broadway in 1971. Nearly 40 years after its first performance, Godspell has not lost its power to teach, inspire and entertain. The IUSB Theatre Company brought its own brand of innovation to its production of Godspell, sacrificing none of the liveliness and verve that is so important to the play’s success. “Students from theatre, music, dance and art have come together to learn from each other while creating a work that has its challenges and rewards,” said Dean Marvin Curtis. “The lessons of Godspell, while rooted in religion, are communal – ‘treat others as you want to be treated,’ ‘judge not, that you be not judged,’ etc. In the end, we build a community to bring people together rather than tear them apart.” Casting a musical, especially a student-performed production, is always a balancing act. “Musicals require a high level of acting craft, in which actors must establish a believable character much more quickly than is usually necessary in non-musical productions,” commented Director Randy Colborn. “Combined with the vocal and dance requirements, a musical like Godspell can be quite demanding for college performers. But this cast was excellent to work with and brought the right mix of skills to the stage.” “This is the first real serious musical production I have been involved with,” said cast member Amoreena Ruffolo. “When I heard we were doing Godspell I was very excited. For me, growing up singing in my church choir . . . I knew I could get connected and give soul to the music and the story.”


photography by Michael Banks // student

“Dancing, which is another passion of mine, was a huge part of the show,” continued Ruffolo. “I found myself really giving my all in each song and I ended up attending several ballet classes our choreographer teaches so that I could learn extra material to incorporate into the show.” Student actors also performed all offstage duties, working with Technical Director Tim Hanson, Scenic/Costume Designer Inseung Park, and Costumer Jennifer Fry to create a complete visual experience for the production. Zack Hickle, who played Zack/Lamar, commented on his experience with the faculty. “Costuming this show was wonderful. Inseung Park’s designs were beautiful, both costume and set. I have been working in the costume shop since my freshman year. It was a great experience to work with Park and to be able to realize his visions of the world of Godspell. In the end I was extremely proud of our work on Godspell on both technical and performance sides.” Park’s scenic design took a decidedly industrial style, not uncommon in Godspell productions, but the unusual central element, a seemingly monolithic metallic structure, broke apart to reveal characters and provide multi-level playing spaces, as well as to integrate with Hanson’s truly spectacular lighting effects. Park was also responsible for the innovative costume designs, which Costumer Jenny Fry helped to realize. “I worked not only as a cast member but as a costume shop employee,” said cast member Stacie Jensen. “Because of

this I had to learn to balance all the duties . . . when you help build the costumes you care for them a lot more. I often caught myself breaking character because I would notice something wrong on a costume and naturally I would want to fix it. It is hard to balance both, but I had to learn when you leave your personal life outside the door, you leave your life as a costumer there as well.” Part of Godspell’s appeal is in the inspired kookiness and irreverence. In the IUSB Theatre Company production, Josh Napierkowski as Jesus appeared as a fringe-costumed pied piper who drew the apostles to the Word with his goodhumored high-energy message of love. In the demanding dual role of Judas/John the Baptist, Thomas Cleveland projected a delightfully darker presence that was both ominous and exciting at the same time. Throughout the play, the cast functioned as its own Greek chorus, offering verbal punctuation and comic relief in the form of chants, puns and even sight gags referencing everything from the Marx Brothers to the hokey-pokey. Curtis, who also worked as the production’s music director, commented, “Godspell’s message is universal, and it’s presented in a universally appealing way … Simple truths, told with style and a sense of fun are always in vogue. I’m proud that we were able to pull together so many diverse departments and talents to create a cohesive, professional, and ultimately very moving Godspell.”



Children’s Theatre Celebrates Lincoln’s 200th Birthday By Michele Morgan-Dufour

student photography // left: Rebecca Ewing // right: Michael Banks

“Buses!” shouts an usher looking down Northside Boulevard. It’s 8:45 am on a cold, wet February morning. A dozen theatre students and faculty members pull on their coats and head outside to meet the buses. During the next 15 minutes this hard working crew will escort hundreds of children and teachers from their buses to their seats in the Campus Auditorium. This year more than 8,500 kindergarten through sixth graders celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday with the play, Not Just a Boy: A Story from Lincoln’s Youth, written and directed by Assistant Professor Ernie Nolan. Set in Indiana, the play tells the story of young Abraham Lincoln being inspired to read by stepmother Sarah Bush Johnson and the life changing lessons he learns from her that would later influence him as our country’s 16th president. The chattering children fall silent as the house darkens and cheer when the stage lights up and the actors appear. For many youngsters in the audience, this is their first experience with live theatre. “I believe that live theatre experiences are a tremendous learning environment for children,” said teacher Kari Wuszke of St. Monica School. “Seeing a production such as this opens doors to children’s minds that might otherwise never open and I think that is awesome.” While this year’s play had a historical basis, often the biggest lessons learned are about the craft of theatre. “Our students gain not just knowledge of Lincoln, but also about how a theatre production is put on,” said Jennifer Van Haver, fourth grade teacher at Muessel Primary Center. Fifty minutes later the actors take their bows to the audience’s enthusiastic applause. The children have plenty to say about


the show. “The acting and sound effects were great. I really think the cast did a fantastic job,” said Lina, a student from Twin Branch School.

“The show was awesome. I couldn’t take my eyes off the people,” Elizabeth Lambert of Meadows Edge School commented. Scholarships are an important part of the annual children’s theatre production. “The amazing part of the program is that free and reduced lunch children get free access to a cultural event,” said Debbie Carew, second grade teacher at Merritt Elementary. “This makes it possible for students from all walks of life to be exposed to the theatre.” “I don’t think the children would ever get to experience live theatre without your help,” added Marcia Niemier, a second grade teacher at Emmons School. On the sidewalk in front of the theater the last of the children board their buses. In just 15 minutes the next 800 children and teachers will arrive. Back in his classroom, third grade teacher David Weber writes, “We love the opportunity to view live performances close to home, and at a reasonable price. I just hope we will still be able to get in next year as the popularity continues to grow.”

Bubelenyi Reaches Out to the Chicago Community Via First Commissioned Work By Michael Snyder Michael Bubelenyi

Though IU South Bend fine arts major Michael Bubelenyi has created approximately 100 works that he calls “complete,” most of his creations are unnamed. “A lot of my works are abstract pieces and they are ambiguous,” explained Bubelenyi. “I like them to remain that way.” Or at least he did until recently. This past year Bubelenyi completed his first commission, a 5-by-4 foot painting for the Walter C. McCrone Industries of the Ada S. McKinley Community Services Organization of Chicago, which he titled A Beacon for Many. “It has symbolism,” said Bubelenyi of his self-described “urban mural” that will be on permanent display in the organization’s board room. “It’s mostly representational, but it’s done in a stylistic manner,” he

explained. “I painted the work for a community center so I wanted it to be inspirational. I wanted the piece to have a hopeful feeling, with vivid colors.” “The painting captured the spirit of Ada S. McKinley as well as the mission of the organization,” said Dean Marvin Curtis of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, referring to the organization’s founder and the organization’s mission of promoting individual and family welfare; preserving human potential, dignity, and self-development; and serving the community. “His work,” said Curtis, “is exceptional and shows the talent of our students.” According to Curtis and Director of the McCrone Center of the Ada S. McKinley Community Services Organization of Chicago Thomas Maxwell III, the commission occurred as a result of a conversation they had during the 2008 Labor Day weekend. “Thom was looking at artwork in some galleries for his board room, and I mentioned that I had students at the School of the Arts that could do this kind of work,” said Curtis. “Thom took the idea back to his board of directors and the commission became a reality. Several students submitted works for consideration, and Michael was chosen.” “I gave Michael three images to work with,” said Maxwell. “I gave him images of our founder, the namesake of our center, and our logo. He opted to go with the images of Ada McKinley and our logo. When I came to South Bend to see his painting,” Maxwell reflected, “I was moved to tears—it was so well done.” The painting was unveiled at a March reception in Chicago before 75 guests. A South Bend native who graduated from Washington High School, Bubelenyi took a 13-year hiatus from school before beginning his art studies. “I had what was by most peoples’ standards a good life, but it wasn’t fulfilling enough for me,” said Bubelenyi of those 13 years. “I tried life without art and I didn’t like it,” he added. “I spent a lot of time thinking ‘What if ?’ ” Since returning to school and doing what he loves—creating art—he said that those close to him have noticed a difference. “My family has noticed a complete change,” said Bubelenyi. “I’m optimistic, more focused.”

A Beacon of Many


Interview with Jason Cytacki By Ron Monsma, assistant professor of drawing and painting


After graduating with honors from IU South Bend in 2007 with a BFA in drawing and painting, Jason Cytacki was accepted into Notre Dame’s MFA drawing and painting program; quite an accomplishment considering the program only accepts one student each year.



above: Jason Cytacki // left: Self Portrait

His dedication in the Visual Arts at IU South Bend was noticed early on. Jason won a number of awards at student exhibitions and in his sophomore year received the Langland Scholarship Award. I caught up with Jason at his studio in the Fine Art’s facility on Notre Dame’s campus this spring. We spoke about his first year of graduate school, his years at Indiana University South Bend, and the current direction of his new work. RM: You’ve just finished your first year of MFA studies; how is it going so far? JC: It’s been a very positive experience. It’s been exciting to be in a new environment and to be around new students and faculty with fresh ideas. RM: Has your interaction with different instructors as well as with students from across the country and around the world affected your work? JC: Absolutely. I gain so much through those simple kinds of interactions with other students, just chatting with them about their work. There are a lot of times in critique where we discuss students’ works that are completely different from mine yet I still feel that I gain so much through those conversations; we are approaching something similar from a very different perspective. There are really strange parallels between everyone’s work and picking up on that I think grows out of those relationships. The faculty has also been great. It’s always good to be exposed to other artists’ work and how they approach making art. Maria Tomasula has had a great deal of impact on refining my painting process with a better understanding of glazing and color and the consideration of the choices I make while painting. RM: How do you feel your experience in the BFA drawing and painting program at IU South Bend prepared you for graduate school? JC: I think it prepared me extremely well. The faculty at IU was always tremendous and I really learned so much through all the classes, from drawing and painting to printmaking. It was a very rounded program, but really strong in technical

instruction which gave me confidence in my skills when I arrived at Notre Dame. A lot of students come into MFA programs kind of lacking in that; a lot of programs now rely on photography as the first way of creating images and students use photo projection without really understanding how forms work and how values are created. I think the program at IU South Bend was really strong in establishing the foundations of observational drawing to create form; to read volume. It was a really, really good experience to have. RM: Looking around your studio I see you have a number of paintings that continue your interest in working with nostalgia and toys, and I notice you are working on a new series of pieces that are iconic Western figures. You’re still using your realist approach to making art, yet you are manipulating these paintings by ghosting them and having paint dripping down the surface of the paintings. What is your thought process behind the creation of the images? JC: Using ghost images and the dripping of paint has been interesting. It has allowed me to begin considering how I can use the formal language of painting to reflect my ideas; kind of having the way it’s painted reinforce what it is I’m saying. The Western images evolved from how I thought of my earlier toy paintings. With the work I was doing last semester, I became very interested in national identity and the ways in which a culture sees itself. My interest in toys led me to consider what other representations had similar characteristics, leading me to the Western movie. So like the toys, the cowboy actors were pop culture representations of this identity: grand, monolithic images that we look up to as being very American and very powerful. The next step was to determine ways of altering them to have them say what I wanted. RM: Why the ghosting of images? It’s almost as if there is a veil between the viewer and the painting. JC: It started as a technical way to put some distance between the drawing and the viewer. Using thin white glazes several times over the whole painting surface creates this weird effect.






RM: So it creates somewhat of a barrier not just to the image of what you’re painting but to the idea of what you are painting. Dripping paint also reinforces that this is a painting on a two dimensional surface.

JC: Yes, the dripping draws attention to the illusion of painting, but also begins to deconstruct this hero mythology surrounding these characters. With these faces dripping, melting or fading away the technique underscores the optimism of the Western film and helps me begin to put them in a sort of contemporary timeframe - or to talk about contemporary issues. The expression of anxiety or weariness in these pieces that I contrasted with the heroic scale of the large piece, and the poses of these cowboys, references what seems to me to be a dichotomy of hopefulness in our country with a kind of renewed faith in our leaders and our country’s direction, but also deals with the realities and uncertainties of an economic recession. The paintings hint at this idea of a fading American exceptionalism, maybe not the end of it, but casting doubts upon it; being forced to see the cracks. RM: What, at this point, do you think you might like to investigate with your painting?

JC: I would like to keep working with this Western imagery but start to bring back the narrative elements that I have with the toy pieces. This semester I focused on lone iconic figures as a way to distill the idea to its simplest components, but now I would like to expand these by creating scenes with multiple figures in settings.

I’d like to see my work continue on the path of mixing the Western imagery with the kind of film noir aesthetic, using that chiaroscuro lighting like the toy paintings and still playing with the ideas of artifice - acknowledging the construction both of the imagery and the image. RM: It’s interesting to see that you’re using representational painting and pushing in different directions with it.


JC: It’s important to be open to the experience. Graduate school is not the place to dig your heels in, but rather to just remain open minded and let the art develop. You have no idea where it’s going. RM: After you graduate, do you see yourself going on to teach? JC: Yeah. I think that would be the path that I would like to pursue; at the university level. Being a teacher’s assistant this semester has made me really look forward to teaching my own drawing class in the upcoming fall semester. RM: What advice would you give to undergraduate students in IU South Bend’s BFA programs? JC: I think that developing your technical skills and getting an understanding of media is really smart. It is a good place to start building not only those formal skills but also through that process determine where your interests lie and what kind of art you are drawn to.


If you look at it up close you can see the drawing underneath, but from a distance it becomes very hazy and difficult to see. For me it was a way of relating the idea of yearning and desiring the romance and supposed simplicity of the past but ultimately finding it’s really pretty inaccessible.

I feel that it’s best to be knowledgeable about what you are doing. First, learn to draw something the way you see it through direct observation. Then, if you choose to alter the image you now have an informed idea of how to do that, more so than if you are just coming at it blankly. So if you have that understanding, you then have a choice; you have options on what to do. It opens a whole range of possibilities for you and your work. I would say keep developing your skills, obviously work hard – drawing takes a lot of practice – but yet be flexible to other ideas, instruction, and students. Everybody around you is a source of experience and information to learn from.

Jason has been very active in exhibiting locally during and after graduating from IU South Bend. His work can be viewed at these exhibitions: Llanto del Papel: Latino Legends in Two  Dimensions Crossroads Gallery, South Bend, Ind. – Summer 2009 Contemporary American & Italian Artists on Paper September 11  through  October 10, 2009, Thaddeus C. Gallery,  La Porte, Ind.



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alumni, student, faculty

News Alumni Becky Arney, BA’06, is props master for Theatre IV, The Children’s Theatre of Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia’s Barksdale Theatre. She provides all props and set dressing for productions at both theatres, as well as for Theatre IV on Tour, a children’s theatre touring company which performs around the country. During the 2008 – 09 season the touring company performed live before over a half million children, teens, parents and teachers. Darin Dahms, BA’98, lives in Los Angeles where he serves as production manager of Greenway Arts Alliance. Dahms co-wrote the play Butterflies of Uganda: Memories of a Child Soldier with Soenke Weiss. He was recognized as Best Director of a Local Production at the 18th annual NAACP Theatre Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Lucas Eggers, BFA’07, is the new media specialist at IU South Bend. Andrew Filmer, MM’08, won first prize in the 2008 David Dalton Viola Research Competition. The Journal of the American Viola Society published his article “Power-Plays in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante,” in its fall 2008 issue. Filmer plans to continue his “Trains” // a series by Jonathan Lessans // alumnus


graduate studies at New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, New Zealand. Stacie Jeffirs, BA’05, MS’08, is the director of the Career Crossings Office at Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, Ind. She currently serves on the board of directors for a local non-profit, Make a Difference Michiana, and is the incoming vice chair for the Indiana Careers Consortium for the 2009 – 10 academic year. Vakhtang Kodanashvili, BM’02, MM’04, received third prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition in 2008. Kodanashvili is the principal pianist for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and performs internationally with the Toradze Piano Studio. Angela Leed, BFA’06, completed her MFA at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ky. Carlos Baldizón-Martini, BFA’00, is the career services advisor for Visual Communications at The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. In June an exhibition of his artwork appeared at the P+L Boutique, Chicago, Ill. BaldizónMartini’s recent artwork can be seen at

Kirill Novikov, fine arts, received his MFA from the University of Central Arkansas and teaches at Miami University. He exhibits at the Abstract Earth Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Diane Overmyer, fine arts, opened Sycamore Art Gallery in Goshen, and exhibits artwork by a number of IU South Bend faculty and former students. Jodie Pietrucha, BA’07, is the morning news producer for WSBT-22. Pietrucha produces all news related programming for the morning show, including WSBT News First Thing in the Morning, which airs during the CBS Early Show, and WSBT’s noon newscast. Zhibin Tian, BA’08, is currently enrolled in the Organizational Leadership graduate program at the University of Notre Dame. Teresa Santos, BFA’08, is the art coordinator at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame where she also serves as liaison to the Snite Museum of Art. Since 2005, she has curated 13 art exhibitions, the majority of them Latino focused. Santos has been accepted as a fellow in the Latino Museum Studies Program at the Smithsonian Institute. E.T.

Students Amy Beers is hosting the television show Nightlights, a program focused on food, fun, and nightlife in the South Bend area. Nightlights airs on Saturdays at 5:30 pm on SBT2. Rebecca Ewing is working as an intern at Flagship Publications. IN Michiana featured one of her photographs on their May cover. During the spring semester Ewing interned at Johnson Rauhoff in Benton Harbor, Mich. She is a peer mentor for the Ernestine M. School of the Arts. Angela Johnson, a recent Speech Night finalist, has co-created a speechdebate club. She and Professor Kevin Gillen hope to include this as part of Speech Night or speech training in the fall semester. Connor MacDonald’s plaster Figure Study won the Tackett Family Young Artist Award at the 2008 Michiana Annual Arts Competition at the Box Factory for the Arts.

Joshua Miller was invited by the director of the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Mich. to install one of his steel sculptures in their outdoor sculpture exhibit.

Kaori Okada had her composition “DAWN” premiered by pianist Mariam Lominadze, April 15, 2009, at the student composer’s concert on the fifth floor of the Schurz Library.

Anna Murphy, Katherine Place, and Aleischa Sheperd, musicians in the IU South Bend Flute Ensemble, directed by Rebecca Hovan, toured South Bend area schools in May. The group performed a brief program of works and demonstrated various members of the flute family.

Katherine Place, flute, was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in April 2009 for her extraordinary level of skill and accomplishment on her instrument. The certificate is only awarded to a select few, and it is not necessarily awarded every year.

Cassandra Nwokah competed at the American Association of Community Theatre 2009 Festival in June. Twelve community theatre groups chosen at regional festivals competed for top honors at the national festival in Tacoma, Wash. For her portrayal of Esther in South Bend Civic Theatre’s production of Intimate Apparel she was awarded Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Meagen Thompson is currently working for the South Bend Tribune. Thompson recently completed an internship with the newspaper.

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Faculty Karen Ackoff, professor of new media, recently presented at Calligraphy Connection 2009 and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conference. In 2008 her work was included in the International Calligraphy Exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the International Calligraphy Exhibition, Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow, Russia. In addition, several of her prints are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Ketevan Badridze, lecturer in music, performed in February with alumnus Aleksander Korsantia at the Teatr Wielki-Opera Narodowa in Warsaw, Poland. Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and first lady Maria Kaczynska hosted the concert. Randy Colborn, associate professor of theatre and dance, was a guest artist with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2008, appearing in Macbeth. In January, Colborn was a judge for the 2009 ESU (English-Speaking Union of the U.S.) National Shakespeare Competition. The competition provides experience performing Shakespeare to elementary through high school students. JamEson Cooper, lecturer in music and member of the Euclid Quartet,

performed at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in May. Cooper appeared as a soloist with the contemporary music group Great Noise Ensemble performing a violin concerto written for him by the awardwinning Puerto Rican composer Armando Bayolo. Bayolo wrote “Musica Concertata” in 2000, and Cooper gave the premiere performance with the University of Michigan Symphony that year. “It is interesting to return to this piece, which was totally fresh with no performance tradition when I first played it, and see how my own playing and approach to it has changed over the years,” said Cooper. The Euclid Quartet received a $7,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative. Their proposal was one of 33 awarded nationally and the only one in Indiana. The quartet’s project combines inschool performances for fourth grade students at six South Bend schools with two concerts at IU South Bend; the first for students who attended the in-school performances and the second for the larger community. Titled “Q.S.I. (Quartet Scene Investigators)”, the in-school performances feature the Euclid Quartet as musical detectives, discovering different American composers, and different kinds of American sounds. Violinist Jacob

Murphy, lecturer in music, authored the grant. Kevin Gillen, lecturer in communication arts, conducted an Advance College Project seminar to teach area high school teachers to instruct SPCH S121 for college credit. He recently served as peer reviewer for the Lucas Public Speaking textbook used at IU South Bend. This text is the industry “standard” used by more classrooms nationwide than any other public speaking textbook. Gillen has also written several pieces centering on local family history for the South Bend Tribune. Rebecca Hovan, associate faculty in music, released her first CD, a collection of Christmas favorites titled A Silver Christmas, in December 2008. The recording includes arrangements for flute and a variety of instruments and voices including guitar, piano, jazz trio, flute, and choir. Kenley Ingelfield, adjunct assistant professor of music, and Debra Inglefield, adjunct lecturer in music, presented a recital and lecture, “All About Brass,” to the Matinee Musicale of Elkhart Ind. in November 2008. The Inglefields perform with the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra and Elkhart Municipal Band. Debra Inglefield also performs with the Southwest Michigan Symphony.

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Larry Lambert, associate professor of communication arts, had an essay entitled “Naturalizing Technology in Late Nineteenth Century America: An Aesthetic of Excess Meaning in the Painting of J. Aleden Weir” published in American Communication Journal. Lambert is chairman of the American Studies Division for the National Communication Association. Susan Moore, assistant professor of fine arts, traveled in June to Florence, Italy, with a group of students. The class began in South Bend with research on the history and art of Florence and basic practices in photography techniques. Moore’s photography is currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an exhibition about mapping the landscape. She was also selected as chairperson for the Mid West Society for Photographic Education 2010 Conference in South Bend. Jorge Muñiz, assistant professor of music, was awarded a 2009 New Frontiers Grant in the Arts and Humanities of $49,422 to compose a new choral-orchestral work, Requiem for the Innocent. The work will respectfully remember the victims of terrorism. The choral texts are drawn from the Latin Requiem Mass, the Hebrew Tanakh, Spanish mystic Islamic writers and St. Teresa of Avila. The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will premiere the

work at the beginning of the 2010 season at the Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend. This grant provides for the composition, performance and recording of this work, as well as lectures and community events. Muñiz will present his composition Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah at the 52nd National Conference of the College Music Society in Portland, Ore. in October. Dora Natella’s, associate professor of fine arts, artwork appeared in nearly 30 exhibitions during 2008 – 09. In August 2009 Natella’s exhibition Emotional Body, an Invitational Solo Show, opens at the Midtown Gallery in Kalamazoo, Mich. Natella received the 2009 Director’s Choice Award at the 7th Annual Michiana Art Competition in St. Joseph, Mich. At the Midwest Museum of American Art’s 29th Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition her work was awarded Best of Sculpture. Micheline Nilsen, assistant professor of fine arts, curated “The Architecture of Everyday Places: Nineteenth century photographs of vernacular architecture,” at the Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame in 2008. Nilsen’s book Railways and the Western European Capitals: Studies of Implantation in London, Paris, Berlin, and Brussels was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. This spring Nilsen

organized the Visual Arts in Education Conference at IU South Bend. More than 100 teachers from 80 schools participated. Laury Rubin, adjunct lecturer in theatre and dance, achieved Associate Faculty Merit Status in 2008. Associate Faculty Merit Status is awarded to individuals who have made a professional commitment to IU South Bend based on criteria relating to teaching, course development, performance, and university and community service. Marjorie Rusche, adjunct assistant professor of music, recently received the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers Award. Movement I, “I Saw no Way”, from her composition Chanting to Paradise was performed in October 2008 at a New Music in the Gallery concert presented by the Chicago Composers Forum at Ossai Fine Arts Space, Chicago. Andrea Rusnock, assistant professor of fine arts, received the Trustee Teaching Award. She has also been appointed to membership on the Women in the Arts committee for the College Art Association.



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